Watch: Mix Diskerud, Kaka score NYCFC, Orlando City's inaugural goals.

By Ryan Krasnoo
March 08, 2015

It took 76 minutes, but the inaugural goal of the New York City FC franchise finally came.

Mix Diskerud received a pass slightly to the left of center at the top of the 18-yard-box before curling a shot to the bottom right corner. The ball snuck through two Orlando City defenders before beating goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who never had a chance.


The U.S. National Team midfielder broke a scoreless deadlock that seemed destined to give NYCFC three points on the road, especially after Aurelien Collin was sent off in the seven minutes later for a vicious tackle on David Villa. Orlando City had a few chances in the immediate aftermath, but were unable to find an answer.

Finally, after a Ned Grabavoy foul in the 90th minute gave Orlando City a free kick from 25 yards out, Kaka, one of the world's best midfielders, stepped up. The former Brazilian international fired a shot aiming for the far post, but it was deflected to the near side as a diving Josh Saunders in net could only watch it trickle in to his side.


After each earning a point, Orlando City visits the Houston Dynamo on Friday, while NYCFC hosts 2014 MLS Cup runners-up the New England Revolution on Sunday.

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